fallout however his legacy paved the way for Stingaree (now known as the Gaslamp) to become a
highly popular entertainment venue.
Sergeant John Cloud holds the distinction of being the first African American to complete a 20-year SDPD career as well
as in becoming our first black sergeant. At a time when most police agencies in America wouldn’t consider hiring a black officer, Sergeant Cloud supervised white officers – many of whom specifically requested to work for him.
To learn more about pioneering black officers, click on the names below.
HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED PRIOR TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964